US EMBASSY NAIROBI STATEMENT ON VISAS
The United States appreciates and welcomes Kenyan visitors and celebrates our close people-to-people ties. As the world emerges from the pandemic with renewed interest in travel, the U.S. Embassy Nairobi will continue its concerted efforts to meet the demand for visa services.
Due to COVID-19 health and safety measures, nonimmigrant visa interviews at the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi have ceased for over a year. The Embassy restarted interviews at full capacity in February 2022. As we process the backlog of applications and respond to the high demand for services, we recognize that some applicants may face extended wait times for the visa interview. This is a global problem that US embassies are working diligently to address.
Currently, the earliest available dates for a visitor visa appointment in Nairobi are June 2024. The U.S. Embassy in Nairobi recognizes the significant challenges and frustrations this poses for Kenyans considering traveling to the United States for business and tourism.
Since resuming operations, the U.S. Embassy Nairobi has doubled the number of daily interviews and will continue to add additional staff and increase capacity over time.
The U.S. Embassy Nairobi has taken the following additional measures to facilitate travel to the United States:
- We’ve updated the U.S. Embassy webpage (http://ke.usembassy.gov) to reflect current wait times for visa interviews, noting that fees are non-refundable so that Kenyans can make informed decisions before submitting their application and paying the associated fees.
- We have a visa renewal process in place that does not require an in-person interview for some applicants. Kenyans renewing their visitor (category B1/B2) or student (category F) visa whose visa expired less than one year ago may be eligible for renewal without an interview.
- We offer expedited appointments for emergencies, including the death of an immediate family member, the need to travel for urgent medical care, and for students whose program begins in less than 30 days and who will suffer irreparable harm, such as the loss of a scholarship, if they cannot travel.
The U.S. Embassy will continue to take all possible steps to reduce wait times for visa interviews as quickly as possible. For more information on applying for a U.S. visa, please visit our visa appointment website at https://ais.usvisa-info.com/en-ke/niv.